Commodore 16 facts for kids
|Media||ROM Cartridge, Cassette tape|
|Operating system||Commodore BASIC 3.5|
|CPU||MOS Technology 7501 or 8501
@ 0.89 MHz or 1.76 MHz
|Memory||16 KB RAM + 32 KB ROM|
|Display||320x200, 320x160 (with 5 lines of text), 160x200, 160x160 (with 5 lines of text)|
|Graphics||TED (320 × 200, 121 colors)|
|Sound||TED (2 channels, 4 octaves + white noise)|
|Input||Keyboard (66 keys, 4 function keys, 4 cursor keys), Joystick|
|Dimensions||40.7 x 20.4 x 7.7cm|
The Commodore 16 is a home computer made by Commodore International, released in 1984 and intended to be an entry-level computer to replace the VIC-20. A cost-reduced version, the Commodore 116, was sold only in Europe.
While the C16 was a failure on the US market, it enjoyed some success in certain European countries and in Mexico.
The C16 was a flop in the US and was discontinued within a year, but it sold reasonably well in Europe as a low-end game machine (over 90% of all C16 software was produced by European developers) and in Mexico as well.
The C16's failure in the US market was likely due to a lack of software support, incompatibility with the C64, and lack of importance to Commodore after its competitors withdrew from the market.
A total of 1 million Plus/4s, C16s, and C116s were sold, with the latter two accounting for about 60% of total volume.
Images for kids
Commodore 16 main PCB, standard version
Early Commodore 16 single layer PCB (prototype), not used in regular series model
In Spanish: Commodore 16 para niños
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